A healthy hearty stew that is perfect for the cold winter days…
In my family, we love warming stews and we cook them very often. And when they’re made in a slow cooker, it means that the stews are very flavourful and don’t require too much effort! I try and place all of the ingredients in my Crockpot in the morning before I go to work, so when we come back home after work we have a ready warm meal in the kitchen!
CrockPot challenged me along with a few more bloggers to come up one ingredient into a collective slow cooker recipe. My choice was sweet potatoes, and here’s a list of the rest of the ingredients:
- Chopped tomatoes
- Butternut Squash
- Sweet potato
I used the ingredients above, and added a few more to make this stew. It turned out very delicious and the whole family really enjoyed eating it! My favourite part is that it’s very easy to make, you just brown the onion and the sausages in a pan, and then place everything in the slow cooker. In 4-8 hours (depending on the temperature that you choose) you’ll have a tasty warm meal waiting for you!
Here is my version:
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Squash Stew
- 1 sweet potato peeled and cubed
- 1 cup butternut squash peeled and cubed
- 1 can butternut beans
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 sausages
- 1 to mato
- 1/2 cup ale
- 3 cups hot chicken bullion
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- a pinch of salt
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp ground mixed spices
- 1/2 tsp fried rosemary leaves
- parsley optional
- parmesan cheese optional
- Peel and cube the sweet potatoes and the butternut squash, set aside.
- In a medium pan heat vegetable oil and brown a chopped onion, and sear the sausages with ale (I cut them into smaller pieces).
- Place all of the ingredients in your slow cooker, except for the tomato paste and the butternut beans. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. One hour before the cooking ends, add the tomato paste and the beans.
- Garnish with grated parmesan cheese and chopped parsley if desired, you can also add 1 tbsp of heavy or sour cream to the stew before eating.
Disclosure: CrockPot commissioned this recipe post and sent me a slow cooker to use. As always all opinions are my own.